November 18, 2016

Meanwhile in Moderate Jordan

A Christian was murdered by an Imam when he showed up for a court appearance, charged with posting a cartoon on Facebook that mocked ISIS interpretation of Islamic Paradise.

nter the protagonist: Nahed Hattar, a prominent Jordanian writer and political activist. Recently he posted a cartoon drawing on Facebook to satirize the barbarians of the Islamic State. The Washington Post reports that the image depicts
a bearded man, lying in bed under sheets, smoking contentedly beside two women in paradise and jabbing his finger toward God, who asks, ‘Do you need anything?’ The man replies, ‘Yes, Lord, bring me wine, cashews and an immortal servant to come clean the floor.’

In reaction was an “across-the-board” backlash as Jordanians took to Facebook and Twitter to harass him. The author’s cousin said “Many fanatics wrote on social media calling for his killing and lynching.” There were some 200 death threats.

...The Jordanian government came after Hattar. He was arrested and held for two weeks, then released on bail pending his trial. Almost certainly, he faced a jail sentence.

What happened at trial? The legal proceedings never got that far. When Hattar arrived at a courthouse in the capital city of Amman, someone was lying in wait for him. A bearded man—an imam—fired three shots. So, in broad daylight on the courthouse steps, a religious vigilante executed Hattar.

Here is the offending cartoon.

Fatwa?

By Howie at 12:03 PM | Comments |